Successful Applicants 2019

There was a very high standard of applicants this year and trustees were impressed by the quality of submissions so we have made four awards. The grants go to:

Zoe Wren

23-year-old London Underground busker Zoe will put her grant towards the cost of recording her debut album.

Zoe said:

“I am so grateful to the Alan Surtees Trust for this grant, and beyond excited about the opportunity that it opens up for me. This grant will allow me to professionally record my album and promote it to the folk world, which is hugely important for my musical development and the progression of my career as a singer-songwriter. It means so much to me that the Alan Surtees Trust believes in and supports my project, and I am extremely thankful to be chosen as a winner.”

Jess Reid

Jess Reid

 The grant will enable 26-year-old Jess from Stafford to fund the production of a four-track EP including studio time, mastering, and promotion.

Jess said:

“I am truly grateful to the Alan Surtees trust for giving me this opportunity. I will be recording an EP over the next couple of months and this contribution will allow me to record and produce the songs without any restrictions.

“For the past few years I have been working hard as an independent artist and this industry can be quite tough at times. With the help of Alan Surtees trust, I will be able to make an EP to the best of my ability and hopefully progress my artistic career. Ideas for the songs that I have been developing for years will finally be able to come to surface with this funding help.

“I will be forever grateful to the trust for giving me this opportunity and look forward to releasing these songs. Thank you so much!”

Madeline Morris

Maddie, a 20-year-old Leeds College of Music student from Bedfordshire, will use her grant to buy recording software to allow her to record and produce her own music.

Maddie said:

“I’m so overwhelmed to have received this grant, especially knowing the quality of young folk musicians today, and to be considered among them and worthy of the grant is a real honour.

“I am so shocked, and excited for what this grant will enable me to do, and the music I will be able to create with the generosity of the trust’s funding.”

Hannah Irwin

For 22-year-old Hannah from London, a flautist who plays in the Irish tradition, a grant from the trust will pay for a much-needed service and technical improvements to her flute as well as equipment including a flute microphone and recording software.

Hannah said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this award. With the award, I will be able to have my flute serviced and tailored to my needs, which will increase the rate of my musical development.

“With the help of the award I will be able afford new equipment which will allow me to grow into a more competent and comfortable performer, producing a sound and stage persona that I have wanted to for some time now. This will also enable me to kickstart recording for musical projects, which will be a great help to me particularly after I graduate from university next year.

“I look forward to excelling in my musical career with the help of The Alan Surtees trust, and I cannot thank them enough!”

Hannah Irwin